Russell Crowe joins Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Sony's Kraven the Hunter

Russell Crowe is returning to the world of Marvel Comics on the big screen, signing on for a role in Sony’s Kraven the Hunter.

signed on to play the title character back in May 2021 in a multi-picture deal, though it’s unclear who Crowe is playing, via . 

The report also reveals that many of the main characters in this Kraven the Hunter movie are the title character’s family members, so it’s possible Crowe might be playing Kraven’s father.

Russell's role: Russell Crowe is returning to the world of Marvel Comics on the big screen, signing on for a role in Sony's Kraven the Hunter.

Russell’s role: Russell Crowe is returning to the world of Marvel Comics on the big screen, signing on for a role in Sony’s Kraven the Hunter.

Aaron is aboard: Aaron Taylor-Johnson signed on to play the title character back in May 2021 in a multi-picture deal, though it's unclear who Crowe is playing, via The Hollywood Reporter

Aaron is aboard: Aaron Taylor-Johnson signed on to play the title character back in May 2021 in a multi-picture deal, though it’s unclear who Crowe is playing, via The Hollywood Reporter 

Kraven the Hunter was created by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko, making his debut in The Amazing Spider-Man #15 in August 1964.

The character was born Sergei Nikolaievich Kravinoff, the son of a Russian aristocrat who fled the country in 1917 during the collapse of Tsar Nicolas II’ reign.

He would ultimately grow up to become the world’s greatest big game hunter, when he ultimately sets his sights on Spider-Man in the Marvel comics.

Marvel debut: Kraven the Hunter was created by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko, making his debut in The Amazing Spider-Man #15 in August 1964

Marvel debut: Kraven the Hunter was created by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko, amanslot making his debut in The Amazing Spider-Man #15 in August 1964

Unlike most villains, he lives his life through a unique code of honor, and, unlike most hunters, he doesn’t use weapons of any kind, hunting with his bare hands.

Also unlike most humans of any kind, he has superhuman abilities thanks to consumption of a witches brew that enhanced his strength and more.

This will mark Kraven the Hunter’s first appearance on the big screen, though there were plans in the works to have him in other Marvel movies throughout the years.

Code: Unlike most villains, he lives his life through a unique code of honor, and, unlike most hunters, he doesn't use weapons of any kind, hunting with his bare hands

Code: Unlike most villains, he lives his life through a unique code of honor, and, unlike most hunters, he doesn’t use weapons of any kind, hunting with his bare hands

Kraven’s iconic spear was featured in the end-credits scene from 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, teasing the villainous group known as The Sinister Six, which, in the comics, he’s a founding member of.

Sony Pictures was, at the time,  developing both a third Amazing Spider-Man movie and a Sinister Six movie, though neither of those would come to fruition.

Director Ryan Coogler had hinted in interviews that he was interested in using Kraven the Hunter in his 2018 Black Panther movie.

Post-credits: Kraven's iconic spear was featured in the end-credits scene from 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, teasing the villainous group known as The Sinister Six, which, in the comics, he's a founding member of

Post-credits: Kraven’s iconic spear was featured in the end-credits scene from 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, teasing the villainous group known as The Sinister Six, which, in the comics, he’s a founding member of

Another filmmaker, Jon Watts, added that Kraven the Hunter was a ‘backup plan’ of sorts to be the main villain in 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Crowe will next be seen in Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder, where he will portray the God of Thunder, Zeus. 

He also stars alongside Liam Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky, RZA and more in his latest directorial effort, Poker Face, currently in post-production.

Coming soon: Crowe will next be seen in Marvel Studios' Thor: Love and Thunder, where he will portray the God of Thunder, Zeus

Coming soon: Crowe will next be seen in Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder, where he will portray the God of Thunder, Zeus

Director: He also stars alongside Liam Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky, RZA and more in his latest directorial effort, Poker Face, currently in post-production

Director: He also stars alongside Liam Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky, RZA and more in his latest directorial effort, Poker Face, currently in post-production

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